10 Foods That Will Help Fight Cancer

Cancer is seen to be a major health problem worldwide. Cancer is a systemic disease with various causes, some of which include a poor diet, toxin exposure, nutrient deficiencies and to some extent genetics. Today, the early combination of chemotherapy and nutrition therapy is able to save the lives of thousands of cancer patients.

Here are 10 foods that will help you fight cancer;

1. Vegetables

Since they’re exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes, leafy green veggies are a must eat.

They contain really low calories, fats, sodium and other toxins. From spinach to kale, cabbage and broccoli to your local ewedu and ugu all are rich in antioxidants known to combat cancer, including vitamin C and beta-carotene (a type of vitamin A).

Eat your mushrooms!  (Google)

Many are rich in glutathione, known as the body’s “master antioxidant”

many other vegetables are beneficial for lowering cancer risk, including onions, zucchini, asparagus, artichokes, peppers, carrots and beets.

2. Berries

Blueberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, goji berries, camu camu and blackberries are easy to find and use in numerous types of recipes — which is good news considering they supply vitamin C, vitamin A and gallic acid, a powerful antifungal/antiviral agent that increases immunity.

Berries are a good source of antioxidants  (Google)

Berries are also rich in proanthocyanidin antioxidants, which have been observed to have anti-ageing properties and are capable of lowering free radical damage.

High amounts of phenols, zeaxanthin, lycopene, cryptoxanthin, lutein and polysaccharides are other berry benefits.

3. Fresh Herbs and Spices

In Nigeria people run away from spices but if you are currently dealing with cancer, you might want to consider these alternatives.

Turmeric, which contains the active ingredient curcumin, has been shown to decrease tumour size and fight colon and breast cancer.

Along with black pepper, ginger, raw garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper, oregano, basil and parsley.

Aim for one teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper or more daily, which can easily be used in a tonic drink, with eggs or in a veggie stir fry.

4. Dairy Products

Dairy products are a rich source of “good bacteria” probiotics, which are microorganisms that promote a natural bacterial balance in your intestinal microflora and help increase immunity.

One of the easiest ways to consume more probiotics is in their most natural state, which includes raw milk products such as cheese, wara (an Illorin meal), kefir and yoghurt.

5. Teas

While all traditional teas seem to be beneficial, the most significant effects on human health have been attributed to green tea, such as matcha green tea. It contains the highest percentage of polyphenolic compounds, catechin, gallocatechin and EGCG.

6. Fresh fish

A new species -- like this fish -- is discovered in the Amazon area, spread over nine South American countries, every two days on average
A new species — like this fish — is discovered in the Amazon area, spread over nine South American countries, every two days on average  (WWF BRAZIL/AFP)

Especially small fish, including salmon, mackerel and sardines are anti-inflammatory omega-3 foods that are correlated with better brain, hormonal and nervous system health. Omega-3 fatty acids exert anti-inflammatory effects, and therefore recent studies have connected them to cancer prevention and natural enhancement of antitumour therapies.

7. Unrefined Oils

Replace refined vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils and trans fats with quality oils, including flax oil, extra virgin olive oil, cod oil and coconut oil. These nourish your gut and promote better immune function, help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, plus flaxseed and cod liver oil contain essential omega-3 fatty acids that can help energize your cells.

8. Nuts and Seeds
Chia seeds and flaxseeds are two of the most nutrient-dense seeds in the world. They provide fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and a range of important minerals. Hemp seeds , sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are also beneficial and full of healthy fatty acids, as are walnuts, brazil nuts and almonds. Their health benefits and are best sprouted and can be used easily in smoothies, baked goods and with yogurt. Aim for two tablespoons daily.

9. Mushrooms
Nutritious mushrooms vary in terms of their benefits , taste and appearance since hundreds of mushroom species are in existence today, but all are known to be immune-enhancers and many have been used to fight cancer for centuries.( 17 ) Reishi, cordyceps and maitake in particular can improve immune function, fight tumor growth and help with cell regeneration. Look for them in capsule or tincture form, and cook with them whole whenever possible too.

10. Drink Clean Water
Our drinking (tap) water can contain hundreds of unregulated substances, from pesticides and heavy metals to hormones and other pollutants. Bottled water is even less regulated, which means it’s not necessarily a good alternative. Your best bet is buying a filter that can be used as home to remove chlorine, fluoride and other pollutants from the water you drink and cook with.

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